The research team explored the process of community-led improvements through the communities’ perspective, needs, views and stakeholders such as local and regional authorities. The two main research sites were Dordabis and Groot Aub.
“The research team, together with the communities, used methods and tools developed for them to supply the communities with a meaningful voice to instigate sustainable upgrading projects,” Dr Madelein Stoffberg, Senior Lecturer in the department of Architecture and Spatial Planning said.
At an exhibition held on 30 March 2021, at NUST’s Architectural Building, various artwork from community members, adults and children alike, were displayed. Their artwork depicted a community in need of proper sewerage systems, hospitals, schools and other basic human necessities.
“The only way they would have received a working sewerage system, was if they began digging the trenches for the pipes themselves,” Dr Stoffberg explained.
After much deliberation with community members, they finally decided to begin the process. “It did not take long for the local Science Council in partnership with the
municipality to step in and finish the process,” Dr Stoffberg elaborated.
The project is funded by the International Network of Science in Africa, with support from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency.